The trials and tribulations of trying to follow trends

Nowadays, being trendy is not only a norm, but it is also a necessity, atleast at Vassar. If you are insulted by this statement, don’t be. It is a completely normal feeling to want to keep up with all the latest trends that seem to be floating around campus and change every two weeks.

I will admit I am guilty of this habit from time to time. With apps like TikTok and Instagram, it is hard to ignore the latest fashion and entertainment trends. However, this is my column so I get to and will act like I am original and better than everybody even though I am most certainly not. I think we can all admit there are quite a few Vassar students who follow said trends, and I am completely okay with that and this is a judgment-free zone. However, for the sake of comedy, I will be judging and I will be enjoying it.  

Let’s start with the clothes. The amount of fashion trends I have seen rise and fall in the past year is enough to fill an entire issue of The Misc. It was almost overnight that I saw at least 30 of my peers as well as many people scattered over TikTok adorned with their new Balaclavas. To me, it was almost comical the speed at which these people obtained this “quirky new look.” Now I must make it clear that I am not hating on Balaclavas. I just think if these people gave the same urgency they did to following trends to finding the carnivorous crabs that allegedly ate Amilia Earhart, we might have some answers by now. 

Sometimes I wonder how these people acquire this clothing so fast. Do they stay up night and day trying to predict what the latest trends will be and pay for next-day shipping? Are there twenty missed guesses for everyone that is correct? Or is it just dumb luck? 

It’s even worse when it creeps into your vernacular. The number of times in the past week I have had someone say “okay bestie” to me is truly astonishing. The number of times I have to listen to conversations debriefing last night’s episode of “Euphoria.” I wonder how many people know that Carhartt and Dickes are literally made for farmers and not just fun and quirky outfits. And again, I am not saying any of these things are bad, but I am saying that they annoy me and I am sick of them. 

Okay, okay, maybe I am being a bit harsh, I just don’t have the energy to keep up anymore. I will simply be lost and wear the same t-shirt and jeans every day, like Steve Jobs.

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